EC Strategy for the sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector

Background

Source: Unacea

In order to respond to the key challenges affecting the Construction Sector, a European strategy has been defined by the European Commission for the next decade. It is intended to complement the strategies developed by the enterprises of the construction sector themselves to improve their competitiveness and to respond to societal challenges.

As a relevant stakeholders directly linked to the Construction Sector, CECE has been invited to take part in the High level Forum which discuss the concrete implementation of the various initiatives included in the strategy.

This strategy focuses on five key objectives: (a) stimulating favourable investment conditions; (b) improving the human-capital basis of the construction sector; (c) improving resource efficiency, environmental performance and business opportunities; (d) strengthening the Internal Market for construction; (e) fostering the global competitive position of EU construction enterprises.

Each objective covers different key challenges; for example, favourable investment conditions are necessary for stimulating growth, research & innovation and the low-carbon economy. Similarly, a sound human-capital basis is essential to improve the performance of the value chain and to adopt innovative solutions, in particular for a low carbon economy. On the one hand, the strategy suggests recommendations that could address the short to medium-term economic and employment challenges faced by the construction sector. On the other hand, it presents a number of recommendations with a long-term perspective to ensure durable effects on the competitiveness of the sector.

CECE Position on the Initiative

CECE has welcomed the European Commission initiative and has been pleased to participate in the High Level Forum which discuss the concrete implementation of the various initiatives proposed in the Strategy.